Buxton best choice for mosquito control

Buxton best choice for mosquito control

I am writing in support of Sandra Buxton’s candidacy. I wholeheartedly believe that she is the best choice for the Collier Mosquito Control District board. She is compassionate in what she believes in and is determined to help make sure the environment is cared for as well.

Buxton has 30 years’ experience in serving our community and her actions speak for themselves. She will also continue to contribute a positive impact on our quality of life as she has in the past 30 years.

She is an asset that we cannot put aside.

Christina Sarcona

Great Candidate – Buxton Needed

One of the least recognized but most valued county services is mosquito control.

Sandra Lee Buxton is running for election to a Collier Mosquito Control District seat. As a local business owner and civic leader and with 30 years of service in Naples, I can’t think of a more competent and committed person than Buxton to keep this service at the level we all need every day.

As for North Collier fire district commissioners, Jim Burke has served for years and has often been the lone vote for reasonableness. He is needed. Arnold Klinsky is a new candidate for fire commissioner and brings long experience with the media and keeping us well informed and with transparency.

Great candidates.

Carson Beadle, Naples

Buxton would monitor mosquito spraying

Buxton would monitor mosquito spraying

What do we really know about the Collier Mosquito Control District other than we hear its aircraft flying over our neighborhoods spraying?

Sandra Lee Buxton wants to be elected to serve on the district board so she can put her vast experience in the health care field to work to make sure that the spraying and insecticides used are safe for the citizens of Collier County and the animals that live there.

Buxton is a trained professional R.N. and has been active in our community in the health area for many years. As a nurse and health care provider, she has experienced a wide variety of health-related problems, many caused by exposure to toxic materials.

I urge you to give your vote to Buxton, who will serve as a monitor on the Mosquito Control District board in the choice of chemicals that are used so safety will be secure for us all.

Neil Curley, Naples

Diseases Associated with Mosquito Transmission

Several of the mosquito species that inhabit Florida are capable of transmitting pathogens that sometimes cause disease in humans, horses, and some companion animals like dogs and cats. The following is a list of mosquito-borne diseases that have been detected in Florida:

  • Chikungunya
    Affects humans, no vaccine.
  • Dengue
    Affects humans, no vaccine.
  • Dog heartworm
    Affects dogs and cats. Preventatives available from veterinarians.
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis
    Affects humans, horses, and some exotic birds. Vaccine is available for horses.
  • St Louis Encephalitis
    Affects humans , no vaccine
  • West Nile Fever and West Nile Encephalitis
    Affects humans and horses. Vaccine available for horses.

Information used for articled on Florida’s 5 mosquitoes and Diseases obtained from www.floridahealth.gov

EPA Recommended Precautions Using Insect Repellents

Apply repellents only to exposed skin and or clothing as directed on the label. Do not use repellents under clothing.

Never use repellents over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

Do not apply to eyes or mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using sprays, do not spray directly on the face, spray on hands first and then apply to face, then wash your hands.

Do not allow children to handle the product. When using on children, apply to your hands first and then use the material on your hands to apply it to the child. You should not apply materials directly on a child hands since the chance is great that they will rub it into their eyes or mouth.

Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and or clothing. Heavy applications and saturation are generally unnecessary for effectiveness. If biting insects do not respond to a thin film of repellent, apply a bit more.

After returning indoors, promptly wash treated skin with soap and water. This is particularly important when repellents are used repeatedly during the day or on consecutive days. Also, wash treated clothing before wearing it again.

If you or your child gets a rash or other reaction from an insect repellent, stop using the repellent, wash the repellent off with mild soap and water, and call a local poison control center for guidance. If you go to the doctor because of the repellent, take the repellent with you to show the doctor.

**Note that the label for products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus specifies that they should not be used on children the age of three.

Information obtained from CDC.gov

Floridians Needs to be Familiar with these 5 Mosquitoes

There are 80 different species of mosquitoes known to occur in Florida. Some are pests; some transmit pathogens that cause disease. Here are a few that feed on humans and are *vectors:

*One definition of a vector is that of a carrier — it might be an insect like a mosquito that carries and transmits a bacterium or virus.

Yellow Fever Mosquito

Larvae are found in water-holding objects found around the home and yard such as flower vases, tires, toys, bottles, cans, barrels, bromeliad plants and other containers. Found in all Florida counties. Vector of Dengue and Chikungunya viruses.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Larvae are found in water-holding objects found around the home and yard such as flower vases, tires, toys, bottles, cans, barrels, bromeliad plants and other containers. Found in all Florida counties but does not occur in the Florida Keys. Vector of Dengue and Chikungunya viruses.

Scientific name: Culex nigripalpus

Larvae are found in ditches, containers, grassy pools, dairy lagoons, furrows in citrus groves. Found in all Florida counties, abundant through the State. Vector of dog heartworm, St Louis encephalitis virus, West Nile Virus.

Scientific name: Aedes taeniorhynchus

Larvae are found in salt marshes. Found in all Florida counties, strong fliers. Major pests during summer and early fall. Vector of dog heartworm.

Scientific name: Psorophora ciliata

Larvae are found in ditches, containers, grassy pools, furrows of citrus groves, pasture areas. Found in all Florida counties, abundant throughout the State. Not known to vector any mosquito borne pathogens.

What Attracts Mosquitos?

A female mosquito seeking blood to nourish her eggs is primarily attracted to carbon dioxide. When humans exhale carbon dioxide is released.

After feeding on blood, the female mosquito needs to find a resting spot while her body digests the blood, this can take up to three days. She looks for dark, shady, well protected areas to rest to avoid being eaten and to stay warm and humid.

Both male and female mosquitoes will look for places to rest in between the times they are feeding and mating. They look for dark, moist, protected areas and can be found around wet bags, dark corners inside barns or on porches, around damp mops and other like items, and in dense vegetation.

When the female mosquito has digested a blood meal and is ready to lay eggs, she is attracted to various water sources. Some mosquitoes species are very picky about where they lay their eggs and will search until they find the perfect water sources for their tastes. Preferred water sites are still non turbulent locations.

Information obtained from USF, IFAS extension

What Type of Water Attracts Mosquito Breeding

Homeowners who participate in reducing the mosquitoes around the home can help decrease pesticide use, reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases, and help ease the financial burden to local governments who are responsible for area control.

Surveillance for mosquitoes is required prior to the application of any insecticide to determine if an application is even necessary. Deterring certain mosquitoes can be accomplished by home owners through the use of screening, sanitation, and other techniques such as eliminating standing water in and around your home. Controlling mosquitoes enhances our County’s quality of life by minimizing the opportunity of spreading the disease that they carry.

Mosquito’s require water for their eggs to hatch. Different mosquito species prefer different types of water for laying eggs and completing their aquatic stages of life. Water can be permanent, floodwater and containers. Permanent water habitats remain wet most of the time, floodwater habitats are transient and containers which can be natural such as tree holes, bromeliad plants, birdbaths or standing buckets.

Since mosquitoes will not lay eggs in moving or aerating water, home owners should be observant for standing water on their property which is a natural breeding ground. Empty any container or vessel that holds standing water and you will then be doing your part in contributing to the health and well being of Collier Citizens.

Information obtained from the Florida Residents Guide to Mosquito Control produced by the University of Florida.